- Title: China intends to strengthen coorperation with Iran
- Date: 31st December 2019
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (DECEMBER 31, 2019) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN GENG SHUANG ARRIVING AT DAILY NEWS CONFERENCE JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, GENG SHUANG, SAYING: "State Counsellor Wang Yi expressed that today is the last day of 2019 and we welcome you (Mohammad Javad Zarif) to China for your fourth time. We are willing to take stock of the China-Iran relation, implement the consensus reached by both countries, strengthen the mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation and push forward the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Iran." NEWS CONFERENCE ONGOING
- Embargoed: 14th January 2020 10:10
- Keywords: China-Iran relation China-Iran strategy coorperation
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002BCB164N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Beijing on Tuesday (December 31) for the fourth time within a year -- a move highlighting China's close relationship with Iran, which is in a stand-off with the U.S. over its nuclear programme.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a bilateral meeting with Zarif and said both countries should strengthen political trusts and build comprehensive cooperation.
Zarif's visit to Beijing came as countries around the world are divided over their policies on Iran.
Last year, the United States withdrew from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that puts limits on Iran's nuclear programme. It followed that in April with threats of sanctions on countries that continued to buy oil from Iran. Washington also sanctioned Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Zarif.
(Production: Fang Nanlin)
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